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Another traditional dish for Thanksgiving is the green bean casserole often topped with French Fried onions out of a can. I love my vegetables cooked al dente’ so there is a bit of a crunch when you bite into them. Plus I like to keep my recipes simple to retain the flavor of fresh vegetables while avoiding adding too many calories and fat to something that is healthy.

I like this recipe because I will steam the green beans in the morning and then place into ice water to stop them from cooking. To keep the beans from overcooking I will actually undercook them at this point since they will cook a bit longer with the miso dressing. Another option is to serve the green beans cold with the miso dressing and almonds.

For Thanksgiving I will cook my green beans to be more tender since I am the only one who enjoys them al dente’. Plus I always use fresh since the canned green beans are too soft, are loaded with sodium, and do not have the wonderful taste of a fresh green bean.

If you have never used miso paste before, it is a soybean paste and I found it in the International section of my grocery store. You can also make a great vegetable dip using the miso paste so it will not go to waste.

12 ounces Fresh Green Beans, chopped if you prefer
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 – 2 tbsp. Sweet Onion, chopped or a shallot
1 tsp. Garlic, minced
1 tbsp. Sweet Miso Paste (light in sodium, preferred)
½ cup Water
1 tbsp. Almonds, sliced or chopped

Steam your green beans. You have a couple of options. You can cook them to desired tenderness and then place them into ice water to stop them from cooking. Another option is to steam them a couple of minutes less and have them finish cooking with the miso dressing.

In a pan, heat the olive oil and then add the sweet onion and cook for about 2-minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a few seconds to release the flavors. But be careful because garlic burns easily. Mix in the miso paste and then mix in the water. Bring to a soft boil. Add green beans and cook for a minute or two to ensure the green beans are properly coated. Pour into a bowl and top with your almonds. Easy to make and it is delicious!

8 thoughts on “Green Beans Mixed with a Miso Dressing and Almonds

  1. Yum! I can imagine how good this tastes! The miso flavor would work so well with green beans and almond:)

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! It adds a nice flavor and is so easy to put together when you are busy with your other side dishes.

  2. A light and easy dish for turkey day or any work night meal.

    1. Bernice says:

      It really is a light dish and so easy to make. And it warms over nicely so I always make extras. 🙂

  3. Hi, I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! Check out this link for details. http://helpwithyourlife.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/super-sweet-blogging-award/
    Enjoy!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you for the nomination!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you for blogging on your website and for sharing so many wonderful Thanksgiving recipes!

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